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Monday, October 15, 2018 (all day) to Friday, October 19, 2018 (all day)

Zero Waste UW icon imageJoin the Sustainability Office for Zero Waste Week to reduce your material footprint and support our campus goal of becoming a zero waste campus by 2035. To support this transition, Waterloo has developed a Zero Waste UW Action Plan with initiatives in 5 key areas.

We're encouraging you to take the Zero Waste Challenge for the week, and have a number of events and activities to support you! Read more about the challenge and supporting activities below:

Zero Waste Challenge  |  Sort-A-Thon  |  Waste reduction quiz  |  Reducing Your Material Footprint open lecture  |  Waste Mountain  |  Terms and conditions

Zero Waste Challenge


We are excited to announce the winners of our Green Office Zero Waste Challenge!

Small office category: TIE between Faculty Association of UW and Safety Office

Medium office category: Dean of Environment

Large office category: Dean of Engineering and Human Resources

Congratulations to the winners!

Are you ready for the challenge? The rules are simple:

  • Mason jar with waste inside against living wall backdrop in EV3Register your jar on the Zero Waste Challenge registration page
  • Collect your waste on campus in a 500mL mason jar (or similar-sized container) for one week 
  • Recycling and composting do not count - use the bins across campus!
  • Complete the follow-up survey sent to your email by Friday, October 26 at 11:59pm
  • BONUS: Share your progress on social media using #ZeroWasteUW and help inspire others

By completing the steps above, you will be entered to win one of these great prizes:

  • 1 grand prize pack (~$100 value): includes a set of reusable cutlery, reusable produce bags, collapsable tupperware, a reusable water bottle, straw from KarsNaturalKreations and the book Zero Waste Home! 
  • 1 of 5 smaller prize packs (~$40 value): includes reusable cutlery and collapsable tupperware OR reusable produce bags and a reusable snack bag OR binder, clipboard, eco-friendly pencils, water bottle and a reusable straw donated from UW Retail Services 
  • Prize pack donated by Zero Waste Bulk (~$55 value): includes a bamboo toothbrush, stainless steel straw, reusable bamboo cutlery and an adorable canvas tote! 
  • 1 of 3 $10 gift certificates to Zero Waste Bulk through their kind donation!
  • 1 of 10 $10 WatCard top-ups!

AND BEST OF ALL, they come in an adorable tote made from 100% recycled materials - so you can bring your lunch AND rep UW Sustainability!

We encourage you to try to keep your jar as empty as possible for the week. More importantly, we hope you gain an awareness of how much and what kind of waste you produce in a week so you can start thinking about more sustainable changes.

Supporting activities

We want to make sure you're equipped with all the tools you need for the Zero Waste Challenge! Here are a number of activities we'll be offering leading up the Zero Waste Week to help you out:

Activity Details Date/Location


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  • 30 seconds to sort 30 common items into the right bins
  • Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$40 value) or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups 
  • One entry per person (see terms and conditions)
  • Across campus between Mon, Sept 24 and Fri, Oct 19
  • Stay tuned on social media for pop-up dates

Waste reduction quiz

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  • Take the quiz!
  • Test your sorting smarts and find out if you're a Waste Warrior or a Recycling Rookie
  • Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$40 value) or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups
  • One entry per person (see terms and conditions)
  • Open online between Tues, Oct 9 at 8:00am and Fri, Oct 19 at 11:59pm

Open lecture - Reducing Your Material Footprint

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  • Learn about global and local waste challenges
  • Find out what Waterloo is doing and how you can get involved

Waste Mountain

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  • Once again, all the garbage produced in DC will be placed on the green space beside the building for the week
  • Let's see if we can shrink the mountain this year!
  • Mon, Oct 15 - Fri, Oct 19 next to DC

Terms and conditions

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